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Two AACC Students Named to Academic Team

June 8, 2010

      Anne Arundel Community College selected students Alexandra N. Houston-Ludlum of Lothian and Amanda E. Towles of Bowie for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society All-State Academic Team for Maryland and nominated them to the PTK All-USA Community College Academic Team.

      Both were members of the college’s PTK Omicron Theta chapter open to students who have completed at least 15 credits and have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

      Houston-Ludlum served as valedictorian of AACC’s Class of 2010. A college selection committee reviewing prospective candidates selected the Associate of Arts degree recipient for her academic record, extensive community involvement with the Bay Country 4-H Club and with her Davidsonville church. Also cited were an extensive psychology research project conducted with an AACC faculty member through the college Honors program, her work as an instructor of English as a Second Language at AACC and being named a Coca-Cola Foundation Gold Scholar.

      Houston-Ludlum is AACC’s first Honors program graduate, receiving an Honors program certificate in addition to her associate degree. She is transferring to University of Maryland College Park to complete a bachelor’s degree program in psychology.

      Towles is a holistic nutrition major and also a member of the college Honors program. Captain of the 2007 AACC women’s soccer team and a PTK member in 2008-2009, she was cited by the selection committee for her academic record, community involvement with an orphanage in Kenya as well as her extensive spring 2009 research on the individual health and environmental benefits of organic foods.

      She conducted the research through her participation in the Honors program and took her project to the next level. Towles contacted AACC Dining Services about offering organic foods as sale items for students, helped locate local organic farmers who might be suppliers for AACC’s operation and helped that initiative become a reality.

      She graduated in May 2009 with an Associate of Arts degree in Transfer Studies and continued to take classes at AACC in 2009-2010. She plans to transfer this fall to the University of Maryland College Park.